George Fox selects top teachers, researchers for 2011-12

A biology professor who teaches courses in three disciplines – biology, nursing, and health and human performance – and an art professor whose works have been exhibited in more than 170 juried and invitational exhibits were named recipients of George Fox University’s undergraduate 2011-12 teaching and research awards, respectively.

At the graduate level, a management professor and a scholar who specializes in Native American education were presented the university's top teaching and research awards, respectively.

Following are short profiles on each.

Kathy WeissTop Undergrad Teacher: Kathy Weiss

Weiss, a full-time member of the school’s Department of Biology and Chemistry since the fall of 2008, was presented with the Achievement Award for Undergraduate Teaching. An associate professor of biology who earned an MD from the University of Southern California, Weiss teaches human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology for both nursing and athletic training students, and pathophysiology in the biology department.

In addition, she oversees the school’s Science Outreach Program, a pre-college educational program that in recent years has extended science education to more than a dozen school districts and 60 schools.

One student said her classes contain “extremely difficult material, which she imparts with clarity, organization of content and expectations, enabling students for their best chance of success.” Another stated that, “Although the subject she is teaching is tough, I’ve excelled because she believed I could, and motivated me to do so.”

Weiss was surprised she won the award. “Most students are intimidated by me and think I demand too much work from them, so I was surprised they thought me award worthy,” she said. “I am also humbled to be counted in that elite group of outstanding teachers.”

Doug CampbellTop Undergrad Researcher: Doug Campbell

Campbell, who has received eight faculty development grants as well as two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has published two books, 39 art images, 15 essays and articles, eight exhibition reviews, seven book reviews, 55 brief book reviews, 82 poems, and nine conference papers and lectures.

In addition, his works have been curated in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University, The Gordan and Vivian Gilkey Collection of the Portland Art Museum, the Mt. Angel Abbey in Mt. Angel, Ore., and at The Allison Hotel and Spa in Newberg, Ore., among other venues.

“Doug was chosen by consensus as a longstanding faculty contributor to the GFU community,” said Kris Kays, chair of the Faculty Development Committee that selects the award recipients. “He is recognized for his ongoing scholarly contributions to the art community in both artistic and written work. His specific work and compilations for this last couple of years demonstrate a legacy of high quality and commitment.”

During the 2011-12 academic year, Campbell taught painting, printmaking, drawing, 20th century art, an “Art and Christ” course, and “Art History from 1450.” In addition, this past year he participated in several art exhibits while also publishing poems and the novel Parktails, an adventure tale that takes place in the aftermath of a great forest fire.

“I think that the award was not in response to a specific accomplishment,” Campbell said. “Instead, I think it was primarily for consistent research and scholarship related to the creation and exhibition of artworks and other creative work over a number of years.”

Chris MeadeTop Graduate Teacher: Christopher Meade

Meade, an assistant professor of management in the university’s School of Business, received George Fox’s Faculty Achievement Award for Graduate Teaching. An instructor at the school for four years, he teaches classes in the MBA, adult degree, doctor of business administration and seminary programs.

Meade, whose teaching load includes courses on strategic thinking, transformational leadership, ethical and legal responsibilities, and Christian faith and thought, is also president of LeadershipAlive.com, a nonprofit organization that helps inspire and coach emerging leaders, teams and organizations.

In addition, he started three small businesses and is the founder of Grace Chapel, a multicultural church located in Boise, Idaho, where he served as senior pastor for 18 years. He is the author of four books and is also a musician/songwriter and motivational speaker.

“I was shocked, humbled and honored to be considered for this award,” said Meade, who holds a PhD in organizational learning from the University of Idaho. "I really do believe that we stand on the shoulders of others. Our outward accomplishments are expressions of the inner investments of generosity and sacrifice that others have made into our lives. I'm grateful to those mentors, colleagues, and students who have deposited so many gems into my life."

Terry HuffmanTop Graduate Researcher: Terry Huffman

Huffman, a professor of education, received the school’s Faculty Achievement Award for Graduate Research and Scholarship. Huffman, who teaches research methods and social foundations of education, has specialized in Native American education for more than 25 years and is the primary author of “Transculturation Theory,” a theoretical perspective on indigenous education used extensively by North American, European and Australian scholars.

“George Fox University is filled with great scholars, and winning this award is an honor,” said Huffman, who earned a PhD in sociology from Iowa State in 1988. “But in many respects the award is a tribute to my dean and departmental colleagues. I do not believe I could have accomplished the scholarship on Native American educators serving reservation communities in the past year without the encouragement and support of the wonderful people I work with.”

Huffman’s professional interests include minority education and rural education. He has written four books on American Indian education, including Theoretical Perspectives on American Indian Education (AltaMira Press) and American Indian Educators in Reservation Schools (University of Nevada Press). The South Dakota Council for Reconciliation recognized his work in American Indian education for its contribution toward improved race relations.

“Terry is active in chairing student dissertation committee work and is highly regarded by students who cite his professionalism and his commitment to excellence,” said Scot Headley, chair of the George Fox Educational Foundations and Leadership program. “His faith is evident in his work, both in the way he conducts himself with integrity, and also through his commitment to his students. He advances notions of transforming educational practice and promoting justice, which are reflective of the George Fox mission.”